First up for this week’s reviews is the intensely massively popular Figma Hatsune Miku from Max Factory and Goodsmile Company.
It’s a bit strange how I got into Miku… I guess it all started with this Youtube vid: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kbbA9BhCTko
I thought it was hilarious ^_^;;. I looked into Miku more and found out she’s from the Japanese Vocoloid software where you can synthesise (sp?) singing using your computer. Some people have done some amazing stuff with it where even English songs have been synthesised – though it usually sounds all Engrished up, but still cute!
Anyway, long story short, I need anything figurised with Miku. I had missed out on the Nendoroid version (though I have the December re-release pre-ordered). Staying up late night re-refreshing at hlj.com paid off and I have the very popular Figma! (To give you an idea of how popular she is, her pre-order period only lasted a couple hours if that!).
But without boring you further, on with the review. Here is the front of the box. It’s the standard size figma box with a silver and grey colour scheme. Pretty much what you see is what you get (except for Pikachu, sorry but its mine!)
Side of the box. Sorry Pikachu, you can’t look up a 2D picture’s skirt.
Back of the box. Have I annoyed you all yet with pictures of the box?
OK, you’ve convinced me. I’ve now opened the box. Ooh shiny!
Finally out of the box! But need to remove the plastic wrapping from her limbs (I suppose this is to prevent paint transfer and all figmas have it). Hmm .. not only is her box interior shiny, but her clothes are too. It’s kind of like a metallic grey with satin black for the thighs and arms.
Before we get into the meat of the figure, here is what Miku comes with. Microphone with stand (why does she need a Microphone when she’s got a headset?), not 1 but 2 leeks (WIN!) for leek spinning goodness, 4 more pairs of hands, singing face, figma stand (which now perfectly fits in her hole – woops that sounded rude), and figma bag.
Here is my extremely complex first posing of the figure.
More shots of this extremely difficult pose.
Max Factory has now perfected their state of the art technology such that the figma stands now actually fit into their figma holes, without me “customising” the stand with my Gundam nippers. Good work Max Factory!
And now for some proper poses. To get the microphone stand sliding into her hands, you need to first remove the black condom thing on the top, and then slide the shaft through her left hand, then right. Then you put the condom thing back on. And then you need to slide the shaft up and down some more in her hands. Not.
Why does Miku need a microphone again? She should have come with an electric guitar, that would’ve been a lot cooler?
Here I have installed her singing face. Yes, her pose is from the back of the box. I have a very good imagination!
Here’s a Miku special feature. You can jettison her skirt for some cast off fun. Though I couldn’t figure out how to remove the rear of the skirt without the possiblity of ripping it, so I didn’t bother. So unfortunately, all of you hentais will not be able to get good rear views.
Did I mention that Miku’s hair is extremely articulated? Unlike other figmas with long hair released to date, they may have been articulated, but not with actual figma joints. Because the twin tails are on figma joints, you can get double the twisting and bending action, with much increased radiation of motion… Are you guys still reading this or staring at Miku’s pantsu?
Fine. I’ll give you what you want then.
As I mentioned earlier, I’m not 100% sure if I can remove the rear part of the skirt without damaging it. And since I don’t really go for the back door, it doesn’t bother me too much.
Last pantsu shot of the day. Miku is getting cold.
Now for some Figma Fun. Did I mention that it would have been extremely stupendously absolutely cool if Miku came with a guitar? Well now you know! (Mystery solved about why I got the Beck trading figures? Not that it wasn’t obvious ^_^;;)
Positively fantastically awesomemashistically rocking!
Miku no Tease!
Miku attempting a cosplay of the Geass symbol
The Melancholy of Hatsune Miku / Hatsune Miku no Yuutsu
And that comes to the end of my review. I may be extremely biased here, but I’m going to give Miku a 10/10. That’s right, full marks. Technically this is the first figure that I have bestowed that score upon.
It’s obvious that later iterations of figmas have shown that many QA problems are now resolved. The face fits properly and isn’t loose. The hole fits the stand. The hands are easier to interchange. The sculpt is awesome. The clothes are oh so shiny. The hair goes everywhere.
If I have to complain about something, like most of the other figmas, Miku can’t look up. The culprit is 2 strands of hair at the nape of her neck that hit her shirt collar and prevent her from checking if Superman is around. But this is minor to me, and not enough for me to mark her down on (though I guess others might do so because they can’t get Miku into an on all fours position for ecchi re-enactments >_>).
So in closing, I have to say, buy this figure! That is .. if she isn’t already sold out everywhere!
Ja Matta! ~Ace